I hope you are keeping up with our study – only two more days this week and then some time off for the weekend or you can use the weekend to catch up. Remain strong and committed and we will transform our lives and relationships with the Lord as we apply the truths from James to our lives.
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?
James connects faith with deeds. He is not suggesting it is our deeds that save us but he is suggesting when we truly put our faith in Christ, our lives change. The way we think, speak and act should also change causing us to walk out our faith. Our desire to want to do good deeds should increase so others can see Christ in us. Is you faith accompanied by deeds? Do you love the Lord so much you can’t help but show His love to others?
15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
James is being dramatic in these verses to make a point. James believes faith should be demonstrated in how we live and he is so right. What good is our faith if we don’t walk it out for others to see? We are supposed to change the way we live our lives in order for them to be in line with the lives God wants us to live. In what ways has your life changed as you have drawn closer to the Lord? How do you act differently today than before Christ was the Lord of your life?
- Scripture references from http://www.biblegateway.com